Product Review

Win the Turf Wars with Rubber-Free Artificial Fields

You don’t have to choose between recycled tires and natural grass for athletic surfaces. There’s a spectrum of good options in between.

The possible health risks associated with playing on artificial turf with crumb-rubber infill are getting a lot of media attention. Just last month, three federal agencies in the U.S. agreed to identify and fill research gaps about the controversial material, which is made primarily from used car tires. Their work could be critical for sorting out the risks for athletes and children who play daily on existing fields and playgrounds.

But these research findings don’t really matter at all for your next school design or other project that includes a playing field. That’s because there are plenty of alternatives to crumb rubber already widely available on the market.

Published March 7, 2016